Poultry International - February 2018 - 6
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China's poultry industry
production, sales weak in 2018
A lack of consumer confidence coupled with difficulties in accessing
genetic stock will lead to lower production and sales for China's
poultry industry this year.
China's production of chicken meat is expected to
decline further in 2018, contracting to 11.1 million tons
from the 11.7 million tons estimated for 2017, while demand is also predicted to be lower than in recent years,
forecasts the USDA.
The Chinese chicken meat market is experiencing difficulties on the demand and supply sides, with
producers facing difficulties sourcing stock, ongoing
disease concerns, and other production and marketing
issues. On the demand side, consumer confidence in
chicken meat remains dented, while several major purchasers are moving out of the country.
More live bird markets in
China are being closed to
reduce the risk of avian
influenza spreading into
the human population.
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The difficulties that China's poultry producers experienced in sourcing genetic stock through 2017 are
expected to continue in 2018.
With disease-related trade restrictions halting supplies of genetic stock from several countries, only
Canada and New Zealand are supplying white-feathered grandparent stock to China and, although imports
from these countries have risen, they have been unable
to match previous supplies.
Imports of genetic material have been at their lowest for several years and, while China is now investing
in its own genetic stock, this shortage is expected to
continue affecting broiler production throughout 2018.
Also on the supply side, however, China's broiler
production is being hit by the tighter application of environmental standards in the country.
China has created "forbidden zones" near environmentally sensitive areas, with the aim of reducing land
and water pollution. Farms operating within forbidden
zones have to either close or relocate.
The most important region for white-feathered bird
production is Shangdong Province, home to Shougang
City. More than half of the almost 2,000 white-feathered poultry farms around the city are located in forbidden zones and, according to the local environmental
plan, should have ceased operation by the end of 2017.
Producers in Henan and Sichuan are also being
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